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The Animal Facts news section brings you the latest updates on animals both in human care and in the wild. We publish our favorite story from the world’s zoos here each day. We also bring you a range of additional stories through our facebook and twitter page as part of our news alerts service.

A pygmy hippo is born at Parken Zoo 

September 5, 2014

Parken Zoo is Sweden has announced a baby pygmy hippo which they have named Olivia. The baby was born on August 2nd just before 10 o’clock in the morning. The baby’s parents are Anton and Eskilstuana. The baby has been dubbed a “little Michelin Man,” by zoologists which is hard to believe now after hearing her story.… Continue reading A pygmy hippo is born at Parken Zoo

Smiles all round as a red panda cub is born at Nashville Zoo 

September 4, 2014

This smiley little fella is a red panda cub born at Nashville Zoo on July 3. Currently she is spending her time bonding with mum in an off exhibit den. The red panda comes from the mountainous regions throughout Burma, Nepal and Central China. Due to habitat destruction, slow breeding and a high infant mortality… Continue reading Smiles all round as a red panda cub is born at Nashville Zoo

Baby elephant meets his dad for the first time at Melbourne Zoo 

September 2, 2014

Man Jai the youngest member of Melbourne Zoo’s elephant herd has met his dad for the first time. The 321kg elephant was dwarfed by his father Bong Su who weighs in at just under 5 tonne. He also stands about 4m tall. He was wary of his dad at first but his big sister Mali… Continue reading Baby elephant meets his dad for the first time at Melbourne Zoo

Monkey see, monkey do, monkey win copyright 

August 23, 2014

When a monkey got hold of a camera in 2011 in the forests of Indonesia nobody could have predicted what would happen next. This one photo has gone on to inspire a change in copyright law. During 2011 British photographer David Slater journeyed to the Indonesian island of Sulawesi where he set out to photograph… Continue reading Monkey see, monkey do, monkey win copyright

Winter pampering time for Tiquie the tapir 

August 23, 2014

Over winter the skin of Tiquie the Brazillian tapir at Taronga Zoo has a habit of becoming dry. As such keepers are engaging her in a daily pampering session which keeps the hair and her skin healthy. Tiquies keeper Nat Dunn said, “Although Tapirs are normally solitary and quite elusive in the wild, Tiquie loves… Continue reading Winter pampering time for Tiquie the tapir

Weigh in day for all creatures great and small at London Zoo 

August 22, 2014

The keepers of London Zoo have been busy weighing and measuring all their charges as part of the yearly weigh in. Everything from the zoo’s massive silverback gorilla, pint sized snails and rare baby crocodiles are being weighed and measured as part of the annual weigh in. As well as being one of the key… Continue reading Weigh in day for all creatures great and small at London Zoo

Rare red pandas receive check-up at Chester 

August 22, 2014

A pair of red pandas has been born at Chester Zoo in the UK. Keepers discovered that they had babies after hearing “little squeaks” coming out of the panda’s nest box. The twin pandas were sexed as a boy and a girl when they received their first health check the other day. Keeper Maxine Bradley… Continue reading Rare red pandas receive check-up at Chester

Peek-a-boo we see roo 

August 20, 2014

 Saint Louis Zoo has welcomed a mastiches tree kangaroo into its family at the zoo’s Emerson’s children zoo. Recently she has begun to take her first peeks out of her mother’s pouch. Rocket the tree kangaroo was born six months ago. Life for him began as a tiny joey which was the size of a… Continue reading Peek-a-boo we see roo

The crane delivers at Chester Zoo 

August 20, 2014

A pair of rare African black crowned cranes have hatched at Chester Zoo. These cranes are the first of their kind to have been born in the UK this year. It took 30 days in the incubator for the cranes to break out of the egg. They hatched on the 19/07/2014. Andrew Owen, Chester’s curator… Continue reading The crane delivers at Chester Zoo

Rocky’s hop onto the scales 

August 18, 2014

Ahead of their annual moult the Northern rockhopper penguins at Edinburgh Zoo have stepped up onto the scales. The penguins normally weigh in at about 8 pounds and stand just 20 inches tall. They have been putting on weight ahead of their moult. Moulting is a period where the penguins replace their old feathers by… Continue reading Rocky’s hop onto the scales

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